I just finished my daily two hours of Scrubs marathon (Netflix). I’ve been on this iPad all friggin day and only took a few moments to break from it during the day. Right. Oh, and I took a short nap too, to give my brain a break from all the time wasting goodness.
So what was I getting at again? Oh yeah. My phone was charging this whole time too, which made me realize this toy was actually useful for something. Even though I stopped doing something purposeful hours ago, I was able to enjoy one thing at a time, for the first time in a long while. It was a good exercise for my brain. I have terrible short-term recall, which makes learning difficult for me. I’ve also developed a bad case of attention deficit. Now, whether it’s clinical or habitual remains to be diagnosed.
Since using this iPad the past few days has been somewhat of a challenge. Take now for example. I’m listening to Pandora and I want to make sure I give the current song a thumbs up, but I can’t because I’m typing this damn post. Don’t get me wrong. It’s forcing me to actually focus AND finish my current task before doing something trivial in its stead. I’m prioritizing and that’s good, isn’t it? Of course, this means I would be getting less done during the day, if I were using this for work. Or would I be learning to work harder, faster and finish with higher quality work?
Whether this is helping me or I’m just convincing myself that I should keep one for myself (and get another for my parents) is still a toss up I guess. I really don’t have the money to get another one or any other device like it. Not right now. I’ll have to save up for another few months.
I still would like to pick up a TouchPad. That’s still a device I can really enjoy, but with the smaller app catalog, I would really have to determine its usefulness. Would it be more toy than tool? Would it be worth it to pony up the extra cash, to be able to feed my desire to flip between tasks continuously throughout my day?
Apple really has something here. Something their competitors do not, and I’m sure they know it. They have a no brainer. Meaning, this iDevice doesn’t have to be a production tool. It doesn’t have to be a consumption device. It doesn’t have to be anything because the hardware is a doppleganger – it can be virtually anything you want it to be, with the right software (and the right accessories). So the only question is, “is it worth it?” For most of us, the question, more specifically is, “Is it worth one month’s rent/car payment/childcare…?” Because really, there’s an app for that. I want to stick a pen in my brain for thinking that but it’s true. Okay, maybe it can’t literally pay your bills, but there ARE apps to help you do that, and for just about anything else you can think of.
I shall enjoy this wondrous device for another week or so, then I gotta sell it to my mom. I know it’s a gift, but as curious as my mom is about tech, she’s still resistant. Rather, she’s intimidated by new and different things. Still assuming these things have to be difficult to use to get the full enjoyment out of them. My dad? He’s a much easier sell. Especially if my mom already accepts it. Usually, if my mom’s in, then he’s in.
That’s a wrap…. Now if you’ll excuse me, I have some music to rate.